SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Greener Grass

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I love this quote because I think it applies to every aspect of our lives. What we put energy in to, is where we see the most growth, most reward, and most love. This is true for careers, relationships, spirituality, and personal development. A lot of times people get caught up in comparing ourselves to others or wanting what others have already achieved, I know I do. I think if I take all that time I waste worrying or yearning for something I don’t currently have, and place that in efforts to improve (metaphorically water my grass) myself, my career, my relationships whatever the case may be, I would see so much growth. This is all easier said than done, how do we have enough hours in the day to water our grass in every area of our lives?  Its overwhelming! I think this week and in future I am going to make an effort to spend a little time each day caring for myself in whatever area needs improvement, whatever area that has grass that needs a little TLC. Even if that is just getting up earlier in the morning to work out, read a bible verse, or make breakfast so David and I can share a meal together, I will be one step closer to greener grass. I just need to make sure I focus on those small and wonderful things, enjoying those moments.

 

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Floral Bridal Hair

Now that I am in the process of planning a wedding, I spend quite a lot of my free time looking up all things bridal. I love that for your wedding you can really take as many risks as you want with your bridal “look.” One trend that I am seeing so often is floral crowns or even just simple flowers in your hair! I don’t know how well this would hold up on a warm Dallas evening in May, but I LOVE the idea. Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for floral bridal hair.

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Simple and in perfect view.

Simple and in perfect view.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

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HOME-SPIRATION: Wooden Beams

Dallas, Texas is the land of new construction. There are always new homes, condos, or apartments being built and more than enough people to fill them. Growing up in Cincinnati I have really come to appreciate older homes, history, and a little character. There is something to be said about the beauty of an older home. I think there are so many details newer homes can have to add a little bit more character, one of them being wooden beams on the ceiling. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images…

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I also just love the combo of these pendant lights and steel barstools.

I also just love the combo of these pendant lights and steel barstools.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Hello gorgeous.

Hello gorgeous.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Being Present

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I think being present in the moment has always been a struggle for me. I have a creative mind and an active imagination, which I wouldn’t trade for the whole, but that sometimes leaves me lost in my thought instead of lost in the moment. I am trying to practice mindfulness, really being present in a moment. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time for a wandering mind, creative brainstorms, and wild imagination, but finding a balance of these things and being mindful has been a struggle lately. I find myself in a work meeting, a church sermon, or even a conversation with a coworker having my thoughts wander to my growing to-do list, a potential blog post, or even the excitement I have about my wedding. I find that I am missing information, missing great moments or funny jokes, or really just missing an opportunity to connect with someone because of my wandering mind. This week I am going to continue to try and be mindful, to pay attention more and wander a little less.

 

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HAPPY HOUR: Berry Rum Punch

So here is a recipe that I created for a bridal shower we threw at work (of course it was nonalcoholic!) but maybe after hours you can add the rum to add a little kick!

BERRY RUM PUNCH.

BERRY RUM PUNCH.

 

INGREDIENTS: 

1 bottle of White Cranberry Juice

1 bottle of Prosecco

2-3 cups of Rum (our favorite is Bacardi)

1 bag of frozen mixed berries

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the White Cranberry Juice, Prosecco, and Rum together and chill. Add semi-thawed

berries (and juice… thats what gives it that great deep color) when ready to serve!

Enjoy! and always drink responsibly!

 

**the nonalcoholic version (perfect for a work function or baby shower) is just cranberry juice, lime soda, and frozen mixed berries**

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ETSY FAVORITE: Leslie Freeman Designs

I have always loved Etsy, but now that I am planning a wedding it has just become a staple site for me! So of course I am finding all sorts of wonderful shops, designers, craftsman, and ideas! Here is one site I found recently that I just love, Leslie Freeman Designs. I just her homemade ceramics, and I feel like these pieces would be such a great conversation piece and a wonderful quality to piece to have in any home! Here are some of my favorites…

LESLIE FREEMAN DESIGNS.

LESLIE FREEMAN DESIGNS.

Hand Thrown Aqua Serving Bowl for $44

Hand Thrown Aqua Serving Bowl for $44

Handmade Organice Stoneware Dinnerware for $88 (for all that is shown!) I would LOVE to have a few of these place settings because they would make such a unique dinner party setting! Dreaming here!

Handmade Organice Stoneware Dinnerware for $88 (for all that is shown!) I would LOVE to have a few of these place settings because they would make such a unique dinner party setting! Dreaming here!

Set of Three Serving Nesting Bowls for $180

Set of Three Serving Nesting Bowls for $180

Set of 6 Dessert Bowls for $144

Set of 6 Dessert Bowls for $144

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: WEDDING WEBSITE

So at first I debated whether or not I wanted to put together a wedding website. I figured I had a blog so I could keep track of this crazy journey here. After a lot of research on websites, I figured, why not?! It is a great resource for all of our guests to look in one place for all of our wedding details! If you’re in the market for a wedding website here are some amazing options you should consider…

 

THE KNOT.

THE KNOT.

Obviously all brides know The Knot is a great resource for all things wedding. They also offer a FREE wedding website service where you can create a custom website for all of your guests to go while still being budget friendly!

WEDDING JOJO.

WEDDING JOJO.

This is a great site for a really stylish and sweet wedding website! You have the option of FREE or you can pay monthly to have your own custom domain name and other upgrades.

APPY COUPLE.

APPY COUPLE.

For those guests who have phone friendly guests you can use Appy Couple to make a wedding app for them to use! Not only does this create a phone app but it also creates a website! Also, it is a ONE TIME payment of only $35!

RILEY & GREY

RILEY & GREY

Last, and certainly not least, is the site we chose to help us with our engagement and wedding is Riley & Grey! They are heavy on photography and great design, and really allow you to customize your website! You also get a customizable domain name which I just love! (**tip: if you open an registry with Crate and Barrel they will give you a 30% coupon for Riley & Grey**)

So if you’re interest please feel free to check out our wedding website:

http://www.MrandMrsStephenson.com

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HOME-SPIRATION: Kitchen Cabinet Colors

So as we go along in this renovation process it is easy to get caught up in the small things, how dusty the house seems or how we have to wear shoes constantly now (I am a ‘go barefoot’ kind of girl!) but what I really need to focus on is the fact that these renovations are really giving us great experience in what we both really want to do (design spaces and renovate!) So I get a blank canvas and free manual labor! (haha. only joking David!) So right now I am collecting inspiration images (the designer in me) and trying to put together an image of what we want our first floor to look like! We plan on painting our wood cabinets because we have decided to put hardwood floors throughout the first floor. I really can’t decide between grey or white! Here are some of my home-spiration images for painted cabinets, maybe you can help me decide!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I just LOVE this! With dark hard woods and those fantastic stools!

I just LOVE this! With dark hard woods and those fantastic stools!

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: One Smile

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So many times I find quotes online or on Pinterest and they strike me as such amazing inspiration, not for my blog or for others, but really tug at my own heart strings and pull at my own personal development. I know I am guilty of doing the exact opposite that this quote asks you to do. I know there are times that I am cranky, upset, or quite frankly miserable at home, but I go out into the world and smile at strangers because I am worried of their impression of me. Now don’t get me wrong smiling at a stranger or an act of kindness is nothing to be ashamed of because that can truly change the course of someones day or even life, but what about those people at home? What about the ones who care for you and love you even when you’re cranky, they deserve your smile, they deserve your love and open heart the most. Just because you know those people will be around forever, whether they are the family you are born with or the family you have created on your own, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them your only smile! That is even more reason to give them your smile, because through good and bad they have given you theirs. So this week, and more, I am going to give my smile (hopefully there is more than one) to those at home.

 

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